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A Hunger for the Infinite Audiobook

A Hunger for the Infinite: A Galactic Center Story

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Publisher's Summary

A Hunger for the Infinite, which first appeared in Robert Silverberg's Far Horizons anthology, is a novella that takes place in the universe of "The Galactic Center Saga", detailing a galactic war between mechanical and biological life. Here, the pilots had made it to True Center in order to destroy something, anything, important to the Mechs, but Paris had something else on his mind. A story of the Mantis, and the decline of humans beginning in 3600 AD.

©1999 Gregory Benford (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Librarian OK, USA 07-03-16
    Librarian OK, USA 07-03-16

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "Different but interesting"

    Interesting and held my attention. It is quite different from Heinlein and classical science fiction. This was my first encounter with the writer or story and took awhile to understand. I will try other works.

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    Linda Helm 05-01-16
    Linda Helm 05-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "letdown"

    Compared with the rest of the books in the galactic center series, this was a huge disappointment.

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    Jeroen 05-19-15
    Jeroen 05-19-15
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    "Excellent"

    This novel is an instant classic. I found the development of the artificial intelligence alien species fascinating.

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    Sunny Jackson 05-02-13 Listener Since 2009

    library technician & reader of speculative fiction: alternate realities, cyberpunk, fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, time-travel, etc.

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    "Don't get this if you have a weak stomach."
    Would you try another book from Gregory Benford and/or Robin Sachs?

    Maybe, depending on the content.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gregory Benford again?

    Maybe, depending on the content.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robin Sachs’s performances?

    Sure, the narration was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust. Though the story intrigued me, it was much too gory for me to handle.


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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 12-01-12
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2016
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    "didn't like it at all but"

    It's also not my usual fair so I'll allow that maybe it's too far out of my zone to be liked. I don't usually read Sci-fi and this reminds me why. It can be too cold. I d/l because it was free and I do like to try authors I don't know. This didn't work for me.

    That said, I loved the narrator. I could listen to that voice all day long. :)

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    Amazon Customer 10-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    What would have made A Hunger for the Infinite better?

    a story


    What could Gregory Benford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not write it


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance wasn't the problem - just not my type of story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    not my thing at ALL! a mistake for me.

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    Kenzibit Ghana 09-09-12
    Kenzibit Ghana 09-09-12

    Research Technologist with deep interests in Host Cell - Pathogen Interactions & Cancer Research. I enjoy and mostly listen to Non-Fiction audiobooks on Medicine/Science, War and History. I also like to Game when I'm not in the lab.

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    "Not Fun"
    What disappointed you about A Hunger for the Infinite?

    The whole storyline was weird to me, I really couldn't picture all that I listened to in my mind which kind of made it very boring to me but won't give a bad comment since it might be me who really didn't uunderstand it. You can try your luck and prove me wrong.


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    tdg 08-30-12
    tdg 08-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Torture"

    The narrator was fantastic and eased the hell of listening to this. I like sci-fi but this short story was confusing, and it seemed the author was trying to impress me with his fine ability to make up quasi-scientific sounding words that often appeared to have little if any meaning.

    In short, not my cup of tea.

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    Joseph 08-09-12
    Joseph 08-09-12 Member Since 2009

    A storyteller, reader, and writer (in that chronological order) since childhood, Audible helps me to bring all 3 together.

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    "Avoid this one"

    Wretched, full of meaningless violence, creepy-crawly horror for its own sake, don't buy it, that's about all I have to say.

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    Myk Canberra, Australia 08-09-12
    Myk Canberra, Australia 08-09-12
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    "Too much philosophising, not enough story"

    While I certainly can appreciate a fair amount of philosophical introspection in a book, Benford leaps straight to it in this book, and never seems to let up. A half hour in, I felt no connection to any of the characters and no desire to keep listening. I've left it unfinished, and am unlikely to try another of Benford's books. If this book was given out free to draw readers into the series, it's completely failed to do that with me.

    I feel sorry for the narrator, shackled to such dry wittering.

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